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Iphone 4 airplane mode receives texts/calls

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jjwch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 10, 2010 4:15 PM
has anybody experienced receiving calls and texts while the phone is in airplane/flight mode?

is the phone supposed to transmit any radio waves in airplane/flight mode?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 4:33 PM (in response to jjwch)
    Not me.

    When Airplane mode is enabled, all iPhone radios should be disabled for placing and receiving calls, the same for SMS/MMS, internet access via the cellular network, wi-fi access, bluetooth access, and GPS reception.
     MacBook Pro 15" Intel Core 2 Duo/2.53GHz/4GB RAM/500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  iPod w/Video 30GB,  iPhone 4 32GB
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 4:35 PM (in response to jjwch)
    WiFi can be enabled in Airplane mode, but it shouldn't be able to handle normal text messages and calls. Messages and calls using internet could work, though.
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 4.1
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,675 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 10:44 PM (in response to jjwch)
    No, calls go directly to VM and text aren't delivered. If you are receiving calls/messages, your phone is NOT in Airplane Mode. You need to troubleshoot your phone - Restart, Reset, Restore.
    MacPro4,1 8 Core, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4, iOS 4.X, iPad 3G 64GB iOS 3.2.2, AirPort Extreme, 160GB iPod
  • nyaria Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 14, 2010 9:34 AM (in response to jjwch)
    I experienced this behavior today in Amsterdam just before the take off. I've screenshots about this event with the call and Airplane mode icon.
    Moreover I received two calls after each other.
    iPhone 3G, iOS 4
  • guiambros Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 19, 2011 4:35 PM (in response to nyaria)
    Hey, I just experienced the same! Totally awkward.

    I'm currently travelling abroad so I put my iPhone 4 in airplane mode since I landed, 3 days ago. Today I got an SMS out of the blue during a meeting, while the iphone was clearly in airplane mode (took a screenshot to prove). I know this alert was sent exactly on Monday (and today is Wednesday), so airplane mode worked effectively for the past two days but seems it "forgot" the config after a while.

    I rebooted the phone while still in airplane mode, and despite showing the plane indicator I was still able to receive calls normally.

    I then turned off the Airplane, let it connect to the network (which it connected in half a second, didn't even show the usual "Searching..." which means it was really connected the whole time). After I turned the Airplane Mode on again.. voialà, now it seems to be really off the grid..

    So, turning on/off your device doesn't matter much. You have to turn off and then on again the Airplane Mode switch..

    Has anyone else experienced something similar?
    Windows 7
  • apdspider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:19 PM (in response to guiambros)

    In Canada last week... I'm a pilot.  Believe me that I travel international often and I know about excessive roaming and data charges, so I never forget to airplane mode my phone.


    Day 2 in Canada, I get 2 texts in a row, followed by a phone call.


    It now even happens in the states.  In airplane mode I can receive/send texts and calls.


    Not sure why this is happening... but it can get expensive.

  • hasnainfrommumbai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 7:36 AM (in response to apdspider)

    Been happening to me for a short while now. I am shocked.


    While travelling I have to take out the sim card on entering the flight.



  • Mookdaruch Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 8:57 AM (in response to jjwch)

    The iOS 5 Jailbreak, as well as the iOS 5 Semi-Tether Jailbreak both render airplane mode unusable. I'm going to reccomend you start by restoring, or just shut down your phone when flying.

  • rimshaker Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 9:54 AM (in response to apdspider)

    @ apdspider. Interesting bug that apple has to definitely look into. Finally gives some credit as to why flight attendants say to literally turn off fones... and that airplane mode doesn't count. As a pilot, do you have any opinions on that?

  • apdspider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:21 PM (in response to jjwch)

    As a pilot... yes, I've never seen interference or experiences it with iPhones... Blackberries, yes.  I've heard static interference with my headset but only when the blackberry was uploading or downloading data and it had to be really close to my headset.  Other then that, I never had issues.


    Now back to the original issue of airplane mode not working on a jailbroken iPhone... I just want to make sure everyone having this problem has there phones jailbroken.  No one is having an issue with a non-jailbroken iphone, right?


    I guess I'll restore my iphone... although i have yet to receive a bill for roaming outside the USA on my jailbroken iphone in airplane mode.  Anyone?

  • rimshaker Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:27 PM (in response to apdspider)

    Lol jailbroken? Well in that case all bets are off. I just flew back myself last night and used airplane mode during the entire flight. No issues on my stock 4S.

  • sunshinegetsmehigh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 3:40 AM (in response to jjwch)

    I'm traveling right now in Argentina and didn't want a bunch of charges so i've kept my phone on airplane mode and this morning I wake up to a text message. My phone has never been jailbroken. I hope I don't get charged for a lot of data usage. I'm really worried about this now.

  • iBob Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to jjwch)

    I wonder if this explains what people are experiencing.  From wikipedia:


    iMessage allows users to send texts, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over WiFi or 3G to other iOS5 users, thus providing an alternative to standard SMS messaging for all users with devices running iOS 5.

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